Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Shabby Dressing Table

It's been crazy busy around here this week. I've been getting the kids ready for back to school & maintaining our painting routine. Wish I could squeeze a few more hours into a day. Better yet, I wish I could clone myself, then I would at least get the laundry & housework done along with the painting.

Enough of my whining....

As I mentioned in my last post, we are introducing some new warmer colors into our palette.  This week we worked with Old Ochre & Coco. I just love this color combination!  We have been on this vanity/dressing table phase lately. A couple of weeks ago I found a buffet on Craig's List, when we went to look at it we decided to pass due to the poor condition. The lady also had a vanity for sale & that's what we came home with. Of course I do not have a before picture. I am really trying to do better about that...

Anyway, the paint on the whole piece was cracked & chipping off. We decided to just strip the top & see if it was in good enough condition to stain. So after lots of sanding & two coats of Dark Walnut stain, this is what it looks like:

I love this look.  I gave the top several coats of Minwax Wipe On Poly. Love this product by the way, so easy to use. Then we painted the body Old Ochre with the highlights in Coco. The hardware & detail on the front is in Modern Masters English Brown Metallic Paint.

We sanded & distressed then gave it a coat each of clear & dark waxes.

Did I mention there is a chair that goes with this beautiful Dressing table?

Front & Back 

Here is a close up of the fancy seat cushion:

Here is the finished set:


I feel like we need to call this a "Dressing Table" & NOT a 'Vanity" because it is so elegant looking. There is the original mirror on the inside. The lady we bought this from said she remembers when her grandmother bought this, so she is guessing it was at least 45 years old. The pictures just don't do these pieces justice. 

Look for us to be doing more of these warm beautiful colors in the near future.  Are you giving some new colors a try? I'd love to hear about it.

If you are interested in this beautiful set it's for sale at Sassy Fabrics (V Trading) in Grand Blanc, MI.  If you live in my area & have an old piece of furniture that you want painted, shoot me an email & we can talk about it.

Have a great & safe Holiday weekend. Thanks for visiting,  Dee


  1. what a sweet set, dee! love the seat cushion--too cute!

  2. Very lovely transformation I love the combination of colors too!

  3. Sigh is right!!! So gorgeous Dee!!!!!

  4. What a gorgeous transformation!!! Love it

  5. Very pretty!! Love the color combo! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  6. It's so lovely! The last picture is expressing your ideas and beauties. I loved the color combination.

  7. I've been checking out your it! I too, find beauty and character in old, discarded pieces of furniture and love giving it a new look. Thanks for sharing your ideas and also for joining my blog!

  8. I love this! The stained top is so pretty and the color combo is perfect!

  9. just beautiful!!! i love the shape of this piece and your makeover totally highlights its gorgeous curves!

  10. I just love this set. So classy! It is hard to fit everything in isn't it. Time flies when you are having fun. Looks like you are.